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CommNet Impact Awards winners announced!

The winners of the CommNet Impact Awards were announced last night at the CommNet event: Building the Bioeconomy – Creating Impact through Communication: CommNet’s 3rd Bioeconomy Forum & Final ConferenceDialogues, Debates, Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Brussels, Belgium.

The winning project in each stakeholder category was:

  • Engaging industry: Food4Me
  • Engaging policy makers: BioConSepT
  • Engaging citizens: PharmaSea
  • Inspiring young people: I.Family


Each of the projects had demonstrated strong communication and dissemination activities to their chosen stakeholder group.

Food4Me, which focusses on personalised nutrition, used a wide range of methods to communicate to stakeholders including a booklet outlining future scenarios of personalised nutrition in Europe to help the development of business models.

PharmaSea, a project that aims to collect marine organisms from some of the hottest, deepest and coldest places on the planet gained impressive international media coverage for their work on novel antibiotics.

The BioConSepT project aims to produce chemicals to make plastics from sustainable biomass. This project developed a serious gaming application to engage with European policy makers.

The I.Family project investigates the drivers behind healthy food choices, especially for adolescents and their families. The project engaged with young people in Italy by creating a partnership with a local football team F.C. Avellino.

Professor Ronan Gormley, who was one of the judges for the awards and also chaired the awards ceremony said: “It’s vital that researchers do more to communicate their work to a wider audience in order to really deliver on the public funding they have received. It’s great to be involved with these awards to recognise projects who are doing this well and I hope this inspires others to reach out and communicate their research to a wider audience”.



Notes to editors

For more information please contact Bridget Benelam, +44 (0)20 7557 7930 or +44 (0)7966 032293

CommNet is supported under the name CommFABnet by the EU within FP7 Grant agreement no 289699 and provides free communications and knowledge transfer to FP6 and FP7 projects in the KBBE areas of food, fisheries, agriculture and biotechnology. More information is available at The CommNet partners are, Minerva UK, British Nutrition Foundation, PRACSIS and ttz Bremerhaven.

From a broad economic perspective, the bioeconomy refers to the set of economic activities relating to the invention, development, production and use of biological products and processes (link)

The CommNet Impact Awards Ceremony took place at 17.30, 3rd December Crowne Plaza Hotel Brussels, Belgium. 

The entries were judged by a panel of independent individuals with expertise in science communication listed here:

  • Ben Deighton, Editor, Horizon Magazine
  • Christophe Cotillion, Assistant manager, ACTIA
  • Wilfried Ruetten, Director, European Journalism Centre
  • Daniele Colombo, Innovhub, Milan Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr Robert Schwamborn, Postdoc research fellow, University College Dublin and Chair of the Young European Biotech Network
  • Prof Ronan Gormley, School of Biosystems Engineering, University College Dublin
  • Gary Finnegan, freelance journalist and editor   

CommNet is grateful to all the Impact Award judges for volunteering their time and expertise. 

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